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Kathie Lee Gifford Insults Parents of Addicts

The Today Show co-host causes outrage by implying that parents of addicts are failures.

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By McCarton Ackerman

08/09/12

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Today Show co-host Kathie Lee Gifford seems to have a habit of putting her foot (and on-air morning cocktails) in her mouth, and her latest misstep during an interview with Family Circle magazine has deeply offended many parents of addicted kids. In the interview, she seemed to imply that addiction can result from bad parenting, saying: "I'm not a perfect mom, but my kids haven't been arrested, in rehab or kicked out of school, so I must be doing something right!" Apparently her imperfections extend beyond her parenting abilities: hoards of angry parents of addicted children went directly to Gifford's Facebook page and slammed her for her comments, with one even going so far as to call her a "thoughtless human being." "I'm glad you never had to face any of your babies drowning in a disease they could not be cured from," wrote one poster. "I lost my baby at the age of 32 to a heroin overdose in Sept 2010. I am a doctor and worked hard my entire life to give her the best." So far, neither Gifford or Today have commented on her indiscretion.

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